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Q: Moving from USA to Beijing with a dog

Hello all. 

This conversation escalated quickly... 

But alas, my questions are actually related to the issue this post was supposed to address. 

I will be moving to Beijing next month and plan on bringing my dog with me. He is Small/Medium to me (in the US) but is apparently borderline medium/large in China. He is basically 35cm tall (ground to shoulder), maybe a cm or two taller, as he won't stand still long enough for me to get a good measurement. 

I know all of the requirements for entry and I meet them, etc. My question is in regards to the fees. 

I know in Beijing the quarantine is 30 days, 7 of those mandatory, with the other 23 days allowed to be a "home quarantine." 

However, now I read somewhere that the 7-day quarantine is about $350 USD. 

Is this true? What other fees are involved? 

This seems like a major racket since I'm almost certain (pardon the ignorance/arrogance/truth/etc) that pets coming from the USD are in better health than those native to China. 

But any and all help will be appreciated as I am trying to figure out exactly how much money I will have to bring, just to get him in China. 

Also, I know the exact requirements for bringing him into China, but do not know the rules about him actually being in Beijing - except for the size requirements and registration. 

Like alice said, is it true that dogs are not allowed to be walked from 7am to 7pm? What other rules are there? Which are the most pet-unfriendly rules in place? What is the punishment for "breaking" them? 

Again, any and all help is appreciated. 

Thanks in advance!

7 years 11 weeks ago in  Visa & Legalities - Beijing

 
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I think the quarantine has to do with rabies, but China is worse for it. If the police ever took your dog for what ever reason, you might never see it again. Chinese are afraid of dogs, even Collies. i stopped to play with some German Sheppards and the Chinese guy I was with started screaming and dancing around like a scared little girl , he was so afraid of the dogs.

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I don't know anything about the rules, i'd just warn you to be wary of letting your dog off the lead because dogs are still walking meals for many people, or simply valuable items of worth to others. Let it run off far in the park and you might never see it again. A friend of mine in Yangshuo had his dog go missing and then turn up on sale on a market-stall. Could just have easily been a cooking pot.

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I've heard scary stories about these quarantines. A friend had to bribe the quarantine personnel just to  take the dog out and send it back to her home country, because the living conditions in this place were simply unbearable - the dogs weren't walked, had not enough water, and the owners weren't even allowed to visit them. If a dog dies in the quarantine, you'll never prove it's their fault, they'll just say you brought an infected dog in. So I gave up the idea of bringing mine with me.

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